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National Firearms Act (NFA)

The National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA) requires the registration, with the federal government, of fully-automatic firearms (termed “machineguns”), rifles and shotguns that have an overall length under 26 inches, rifles with a barrel under 16 inches, shotguns with a barrel under 18 inches, and firearm sound suppressors (termed “silencers”). The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) placed “destructive devices” (primarily explosives and the like, but also including firearms over .50 caliber, other than most shotguns) under the provisions of the NFA. In 1994, the Treasury Department placed revolving-cylinder shotguns and one semi-automatic shotgun under the NFA.

The GCA prohibited the importation of fully-automatic firearms for private purposes and a 1986 amendment to the Act prohibited the domestic manufacture of fully-automatics for private purposes. However, short-barreled rifles and shotguns have becoming increasingly popular for home defense and defensive-skills-based marksmanship training and competitions, and sound suppressors have become increasingly popular for marksmanship training and competitions, and for hunting.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressors Receives New Number, Scheduled for House Floor Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House File 2381 is scheduled to be considered by the Iowa House of Representatives.  This action follows passage last ...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Iowa: Bill to Legalize Suppressors Receives New Number, Scheduled for House Floor Vote Tomorrow

Tomorrow, House File 2381 is scheduled to be considered by the Iowa House of Representatives.  This action follows passage last ...

Hunting  

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Georgia: State Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Tomorrow, the Georgia Senate will consider and vote on Senate Bill 93.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator ...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Georgia: State Senate to Vote Tomorrow on Bill to Allow Hunting with Suppressors

Tomorrow, the Georgia Senate will consider and vote on Senate Bill 93.  SB 93, sponsored by state Senator ...

Friday, February 21, 2014

Kansas: House Committee Passes “Shall Certify” Legislation

Yesterday, February 20, the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee passed House Bill 2578 by a unanimous voice ...

Hunting  

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Iowa: House Judiciary Committee Passes Suppressor Bill With Strong Support

NRA-supported House File 384, authored by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), passed in the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by a strong, ...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Oklahoma: House Judiciary Committee Passes Many Pro-Gun Bills

Yesterday, February 18, the Oklahoma House Judiciary Committee passed the NRA-backed firearms bills below, sending them to the ...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Georgia: Update on Pro-Gun Activity in Atlanta

Yesterday, House Bill 875 passed in the Georgia House of Representatives by a 119-56 vote.  It will now go to ...

Hunting  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Iowa: Your Action Needed! House Judiciary Committee to Hear Pro-Gun Legislation Tomorrow

House File 384 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, February 19, at 3:00 ...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Michigan: House Committee to Hear Bill to Repeal Ban on Short Barreled Rifles and Shotguns on Thursday

Thursday, February 20, the Michigan House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 610.  SB 610, sponsored ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.